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Worcester Arts Council

The Worcester Arts Council (formerly the Worcester Cultural Commission) is a municipal body consisting of nine members appointed by the City Manager. The Council is charged with promoting the cultural affairs of the City of Worcester and allocating funds received by the Council for cultural projects and programs.

The mission of the Worcester Arts Council is to promote excellence, access, education and diversity in the arts, humanities and interpretative sciences to improve the quality of life for Worcester residents and contribute to the economic vitality of our City.

Community Input Survey

The Worcester Arts Council (WAC) is a council whose nine members are appointed by the City Manager of Worcester for three year terms. The Council receives an annual appropriation of state funds from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and makes these funds available to the community through competitive grant programs. Your participation in this survey will allow WAC to better serve the Worcester arts community.

Community Input Survey


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Annual Community Input Meeting

Tuesday, June 24th at 6:30 p.m., Levi Lincoln Conference Room, 3rd Floor of Worcester City Hall, 455 Main Street. Meet the commissioners and let them know what you want to see as the priorities for funding for grants in the 2015 cycle!

Grant Writing Workshops

Wednesday, August 20th and Tuesday September 23rd 6:30-8:30 p.m., Levi Lincoln Conference Room, 3rd Floor of Worcester City Hall, 455 Main Street. Opportunity to meet with members of the council to ask general questions about your potential application for the 2015 funding cycle. Although not required, all applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

Congratulations 2014 Grantees!

The Worcester Arts Council (WAC) has announced the recipients of funding for the 2014 granting cycle. WAC awarded a total of $88,355 to 40 Worcester area artists, organizations, and educational institutions. A complete list of grantees can be viewed online. Congratulations to all who were fortunate to receive funding for this grant cycle!


The Council accepts grant applications on an annual basis between mid-August and October 15th, with allocations made before the end of the calendar year. Grants are issued to support arts, humanities and interpretive sciences; visual artists, performing artists, science educators, historians and other humanists; as well as community, business and civic groups, social service organizations, schools, neighborhood centers, and youth, senior and family associations.

In addition to its monthly meetings, held the third Tuesday of each month, the Worcester Arts Council also hosts an annual Community Input Meeting to determine priorities for grant funding, along with Grant Writing Workshops to assist those interested in applying for funds. 

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Contact Person

Ellen Ganley, Staff Administator, 508-799-1400, x241, ganleye@worcesterma.gov.